1969 Virginia gubernatorial election Information
Virginia gubernatorial election results map.
Red denotes counties/independent cities won by Holton.
Blue denotes those won by Battle.
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In the 1969 Virginia gubernatorial election, incumbent Governor Mills E. Godwin, Jr., a Democrat, was unable to seek re-election due to term limits. A. Linwood Holton, Jr., an attorney from Roanoke, was nominated again by the Republican Party to run against former United States Ambassador to Australia, Democratic candidate William C. Battle. The Democrats had held the governor's mansion for 84 years since 1885, and Holton's victory was considered a historic upset at the time.
- William C. Battle, former United States Ambassador to Australia and son of former Governor John S. Battle (D)
- A. Linwood Holton, Jr., attorney from Roanoke (R)
|Republican||A. Linwood Holton, Jr.||480,869||52.51%||+14.80%|
|Democratic||William C. Battle||415,695||45.39%||-2.50%|
|American Independent||William Pennington||7,382||0.81%||+0.81%|
|Republican gain from Democratic||Swing|
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